Many resources have become available to keep working families afloat during these difficult times, and more are being announced regularly. Federal and state governments, along with private entities, have announced free broadband expansions, eviction and utility-shutoff bans, student loan and mortgage freezes, and plans to distribute food to children whose schools have closed. Links to summaries are provided below, but the best way to determine which easements apply to you is to call your institutions (e.g., debt “servicer” or utility company) directly.
These freezes and allowances will be critical for many working families’ finances over the next few months, but it is not enough. Call your elected officials – federal, state, and local – and demand that they center working families, not already-wealthy corporations, in their response plans.
Summary of resources:
- SEIU’s national summary of resources
- The New York Times’ coronavirus FAQ and advice (no paywall, dated 3/26)
- Syracuse.com’s guide to NY rights and resources (no paywall, dated 3/20)
- NY state “Know Your Rights”
- VT’s Governor’s Response Plan (scroll down)
- Free wifi for students for 60 days (news coverage with phone number)
Do you know of a resource you think we should add? Let us know.